Valentine thinks managers shouldn't be involved in All-Star selections


Valentine thinks managers shouldn't be involved in All-Star selections

BOSTON -- As of Monday, designated hitter David Ortiz was the only Red Sox player that led the All-Star voting for his respective position.

But don't ask Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to break down the All-Star Game selection process, which, for the starters, ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Valentine says he no longer knows anything about that selection process. And he also doesn't have any idea as to who is leading what category.

But based on a previous experience in which he managed the 2001 National League All-Stars in Seattle, Valentine doesn't think the managers should have any say in the reserves, once the fans vote in the starters.

"I had an All-Star game in Seattle, where, it was the most difficult six weeks of my life, prior to that All-Star Game, trying to pick that team," said Valentine. "And a lot of the burden was on the manager, for the extra players.

"I don't think the manager should have to deal with that."

Valentine said he's never received a call from an All-Star Game manager, regarding advice on which players to choose. But it was something he did when he got the chance.

"I happened to call every manager," said Valentine. "I managed for 16 years and I never got called by another manager. I called every manager. I got their opinions, and even selected people because of their opinions, as a deciding vote."

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.

He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.

"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.

Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.

WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.

“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”

The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.

For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.

“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."

The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.

He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”